Help! I have a mountain beaver who is destroying my garden and I can't get rid of him!
The mountain beaver is a little known rodent who is indigenous to the pacific northwest. They are typically found on woodland slopes next to streams, which is exactly the back of our home. After we installed a stone patio and lush garden, we noticed a lot of tunneling. Thinking we had moles, I put out an inground vibrator that was supposed to annoy the moles away. Soon afterward I noticed missing plants - many cut down to the ground with just an inch or so of stem left. One night while dining outside with friends around dusk, we noticed a plant about 3-4 feet tall move from side to side then disappear. There was the creature with the plant in its mouth heading toward the woods. That is the only time I ever saw it clearly - it had dark fur and looked like a muskrat without a tail. Apparently they do not see or hear very well.
Last season it systematically went through my plants. It first enjoyed the lilies I planted - one but one they all succumbed. Then it was hostas, follwoed by toad lilies, masterwort, monkshood (which I thought was poisonous), and japanese anenomes. Curiously, he has never touched a single hydrangea, of course this plant requires the most water of anything in my garden! He nibbled on rhodies and sword fern. He also did not touch the spiderwort or fucshias. He even tried to burrow into pots!!! By winter I figured he'd hibernate but he instead chose to eat Fatsia, sarcoccoa, and acuba.
I was todl the typical things used to get rid of mol;es will not work and was advised to set a live trap using sliced apples as bait. I caught an opossum, a squirrel, and our dog - no mountain beaver. No that new plants are coming in, he is back with a vengeance.
I used the dog to find his main burrow deeper int he woods. The dog went in after him but did not get him.
I used smopke bombs also.
I am at a loss as to what to do.